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This is a repeat of a post I made just before I registered my account.


I am a 19 year old male who was recently diagnosed with ADD approximately 2 months ago. I have gone through all the tests and been to therapy and have all documentation to prove that I do have ADD and that I'm not just a college student searching for meds. 

Anyways, after my diagnosis my doctor started me on stratera to see if a non-stimulant medication would be effective. This treatment was stopped after a few weeks due to a lack of change in my ability to focus and increased hostility and irritability. I was then prescribed concerta and started on a 32mg dose. This was effective for about a week, but I started to become accustomed to the medicine and it was less effective. I then was placed on a 54mg dose and I have been on this dose for about a month and a half, since mid July, and I take a pill once a day, everyday.

The 54mg dose was very effective in the beginning and remained effective for several weeks. I experienced the normal side effects, loss of appetite, minor insomnia, etc. But nothing was really negative about the medicine or side effects. While on the medicine however, I did notice it was hard to eat three meals a day because I was never really hungry but if food was in front of me I had no problem eating. At the time this was my only concern about the medicine. Unfortunately, this appetite lose has steadily gotten worse and I will go into more depth in a second.

My initial "trial" period with the 54mg dose occurred during summer break and my major activities consisted of work and exercise. On august 17th I returned to college and began class. I still take the medicine daily and for the first couple days of school I didn't notice anything different. But my activity has been attending class and miscellaneous stuff with friends, but I have not continued working out. Shortly after school started however, I began to notice that I wasn't myself and that I wasn't in good health. 

 -appetite I have noticed that my appetite is almost non existent now and the thought of eating is unappealing, but I constantly have hunger pains and feel extremely malnourished. As a side note, before these increasingly negative effects occurred and I had been on the 54mg dose for about three weeks and recorded a loss of 20lbs. From 220 to 200lbs. I haven't weighed myself since and I can only imagine the amount of weight I've lost. My only caloric intake has come from soda and junk food since I cant stomach real food anymore.

-other side effects In addition to my extreme loss of appetite I have also begun to notice that the medicine may not be treating my ADD any longer. I find myself drifting during class while in the medicine and I feel like it is becoming more and more weak. I have also notice that my heart rate is highly increased, even when not on the medicine, my chest visibly throbs and my heart races. And the final side effect I am beginning to notice is that my hands and body tends to shake as if I was buzzed on sugar and caffeine. 

-additional information I am/was a very healthy and active male before I was prescribed this medicine and even during the first couple weeks I was active and healthy. I am 6'2" and as I stated earlier I used to way around 220 and I dont know how much I weigh now but the most recent measurement was 2 weeks ago and I weigh 200lbs. My stress levels have become highly elevated in the past few weeks because of relationship issues and this may be a catalyst for my symptoms but I don't know for sure. And finally the first prescription of 54mg Concerta was actually concerta and the second prescription, which I have been taking since school started, was generic.

I'm really worried that I am slowly destroying my body and I guess my question is what could be causing my side effects to become so much worse, am I over reacting, and what should I do to counter these effects. 

--side note: staying off the medicine for a period of time to recuperate is impossible seeing as how my ADD is so bad that with the course load I'm taking I need the medicine to remain focused while in class.


You need to talk to your Dr., the one who is prescribing the Concerta, about all this as soon as possible - print out what you have written here or copy and paste it into a new document and add other relevant information to it if you feel it pertinent, and give it to him/her if you feel you don't have enough time at an office visit to explain everything verbally, or feel you can't or won't remember it all. I would say it seems fairly obvious that you need a change of medication.